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Play Me I’m Yours: Arts Centre Melbourne and various city locations. Closes Sunday 4 February. Twenty beautifully decorated “street pianos” for the public to enjoy. Free to use, just help yourself and have some fun. All pianos donated, painted and decorated by community and cultural groups across Melbourne...

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    Play Me I’m Yours

    Arts Centre Melbourne and various city locations. Closes Sunday 4 February. Twenty beautifully decorated “street pianos” for the public to enjoy. Free to use, just help yourself and have some fun. All pianos donated, painted and decorated by community and cultural groups across Melbourne. More info at www.artscentremelbourne.com.au or www.streetpianos.com.au.

    Bar Tour of Melbourne

    Saturday 10 February. Bookings close Friday 9 Feb. Foodi Walking Tours introduces you to the finest drinking spots in town, a variety of bars that have been hand-picked for their atmosphere, unique characteristics and beverages on offer. Try something new and discover interesting venues. Food not included. Book or find out more at foodi.com.au/bars-of-melbourne or call 1300 39 40 41.

    NGV Triennial

    National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Road, Southbank. Free entry daily 10am-5pm. Works from more than 100 artists from 32 countries on show on all four levels. Architecture, animation, performance art, film, virtual reality, tapestry, fashion design, design and sculpture. Includes a full-sized Moroccan tea house and photo booth, Yayoi Kusama’s Flower Obsession, an entire apartment outfitted by Ikea, the 18 metre long Eternity-Buddha by Chinese artist Xu Zhen, Fantasia-style gowns of Chinese couturier Guo Pei, and many other works to delight and challenge the senses.

    City Eat & Drinks

    Brewers Feast

    Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford. Saturday 3 February 11.30am-8pm and Sunday 4 February 11am-5pm. This spectacular weekend hopes to repeat the success of December's event, combining Australian craft beer, music, and some of the state's finest food. Come and discover over 80 beers from acclaimed brewers, including 12 exclusive festival beers, supported by Bintani, specially brewed for the festival. For a new pairing concept, music and beer, each musician will have a recommended beer to sample while enjoying their performance. Tickets starting from $27 (plus booking fee) at www.brewersfeast.com.au.

    Chalawan Thai Restaurant

    102 Smith Street, Collingwood. Open every day 5pm to . Genuine Thai cuisine of high quality in quiet bar setting to suit all tastes and dietary needs. Oysters $1 every day 5pm to 7pm. Reduced drinks prices Friday 7pm to 10pm. Very popular, booking recommended. Phone 9078 9532 or visit chalawan.com.au.

    City Shopping

    Boho Luxe

    Royal Exhibition Building,9 Nicholson St, Carlton. Friday 2 Feb 6pm-10pm, Sat 3 Feb 10am-8pm, Sun 4 Feb 10am-3pm. Adults $2, Kids 12 and under FREE. Channel your inner gypsy vibes for a magical Weekend of Wanderlust. Amazing glamping displays include bell tents, tipis, stretch tents, gypsy caravans, glamping showers, outdoor kitchens, kombi campers, hot tubs and much more. Come and enjoy a spiritual workshop in our giant Tipi Kata tipi. Booking can be made through Soul Star Events www.soul-star.com.au. Enjoy beer, wine and cocktails, delicious street food, live music. Full vegan section with 100% vegan and ethically sourced products. For details visit www.boholuxemarket.com.

    South Melbourne Night Market

    Coventry and Cecil Streets, South Melbourne. Every Thursday from 5.30pm, now in its 10th year. Balmy, summer city nights come to life with a feast of street food, market stalls and entertainment. Bring your friends and family and enjoy dinner and drinks, shopping and music under the stars. Quality food, excellent drinks, and live music and entertainment. Get the latest news at southmelbournenightmarket.com.au.

    City Entertainment

    Imperial Comedy

    Imperial Hotel, Bourke St. Every Tuesday. Stand-ups at 7pm, Festival Trial Shows from 8.30pm. See the best comedians try out their material before the Melbourne Festival. A different show every week. Online tickets at trybooking.com/tuip, $8 for one show or $12 for both. Door prices $10/$15. Visit the Imperial Comedy Facebook page for details.

    Curtin House Rooftop Bar & Cinema

    Curtin House, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne. Experience a Melbourne night at its best, sitting above the rooftops, looking at a star-studded sky, sipping a cool glass with a burger and enjoying your favourite movie. Featuring Jumanji, Amelie, Romeo + Juliet and more. Visit 2017.rooftopcinema.com.au to see what's on. Adults $22, Concession $18, and blankets on hire for $5. Seating starts from 9.00pm and films at 9.30pm. Phone 9654 5394 for information.

    Editor's Pick

    Tet Lunar New Year Festival 2018

    Melbourne Showgrounds, Epsom Road, Ascot Vale, Sat-Sun 3-4 February 10am-11pm. Hosted by the Vietnamese Community in Victoria, with over 40,000 visitors each year. Welcome the coming of the Year of the Earth Dog with an array of delicious traditional Vietnamese foods, a range of fantastic live entertainment, cultural exhibits, amusement rides and games, children’s activities and a spectacular 15 minute fireworks display each evening at around 9pm. More details at www.melbournepoint.com.au/events/tet-festival.

    Sunset Series Concerts

    Treasury Gardens, 2-18 Spring Street, East Melbourne. Sun 4 Feb & 11 Feb 5pm–9pm. Set in Melbourne's tranquil and picturesque Treasury garden, Sunset Series is a free twilight concert to be enjoyed by all ages. Pack a picnic and find yourself a spot in the lush surrounds to be entertained by some of Melbourne's best local artists in these two Sunday concerts. No charge and no bookings required, all welcome. For enquiries please phone 9658 9658.

    Priscilla – Queen of the Desert

    Regent Theatre, 191-197 Collins Street. Tuesday to Sunday, various times, until 18 March. Based on the Oscar-winning film, Priscilla is the hilarious adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for Alice Springs to put on the show of a lifetime. The iconic and glittering hit musical spectacle, featuring a dazzling array of more than 500 award-winning costumes, 200 head-dresses and a nonstop parade of dance-floor classics, returns for its 10th anniversary celebration tour. For bookings and info phone 1300 11 10 11 or visit priscillathemusical.com.au.


    Treat Your Loved One On Valentine's Day

    Valentine's Day, the annual celebration of lovers young and old, falls again on Wednesday 14 February.

    Melbourne offers many opportunities to spend this day, from wining and dining to movies. Now is the time to think about booking for your special occasion.

    Anti-Valentine's Day Dinner

    BangPop, 35 South Wharf , 6pm to 10pm.

    BangPop has a good reputation for excellent Thai cuisine and exciting events, and usually sells out very quickly. To make your booking, visit www.bangpop.com.au.

    Diesel Bar

    202 Little Lonsdale St, 11am to 11pm.

    The Diesel Bar's 2 Course Set Menu, for $65 per person, includes a glass of Chandon S.

    Main courses include Pan-fried salmon, Hunter Valley ribeye steak, or Tre fromage ravioli. Dessert is a Petit fours dessert board to share.

    Telephone 9663 8078 or visit the Events section of Diesel Bar's Facebook page to book.

    Plus 5

    37 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf, 6pm to 10pm.

    Plus 5 is a cocktail and tapas bar in an old cargo hall, built in 1884, with spectacular views of the Yarra and Melbourne’s city skyline, a short walk from Southern Cross station.

    For your night of romance, the 4 Course Sharing Tapas Menu starts with a glass of Bubbles followed by two Entrée Tapas Dishes, a Main with sides to share, a wine to match, and an indulgent Dessert Platter.

    Phone 9682 0091 or visit www.plus5bar.com.au for bookings.

    Bohemian Wine Bar

    35 Dukes Walk, South Wharf, 12 noon to 10pm.

    This is the place to share a selection of stylish dishes and good wines in a riverside setting. Note that this is an all-day venue, available for lunch or dinner.

    For $67 per person, you get oysters and bubbly on arrival, offerings such as prawn croquettes, lamb cutlets marinated in garlic and thyme, and house made profiteroles with toffee cream and chocolate sauce to finish.

    To book, phone 9682 0566 or visit thebohemian.com.au.

    Single in the City” Dating Party

    Hightail Bar, 727 Collins Street, Docklands, Friday 9 February, 7pm.

    Tickets for this giant dating party include 2 drinks, 5-6 matched dates sent to your smartphone to get you started, and some great prizes. Then you can dance the night away with a live DJ in the main bar.

    Earlybird tickets cost $49, but will go up to $59 closer to the date. Book at cityswoon.com.au/speed-dating-melbourne.

    Love Actually

    Common Man Bar & Restaurant, at 39 Dukes Walk, South Wharf, will screen the “ultimate romantic movie” Love Actually at South Wharf Pop-Up Riverside Cinema.

    Adult tickets are $13, and screening begins at 7pm.

    Telephone 9696 3774, or visit www.onlymelbourne.com.au/love-actually-cm#. for bookings and the special treats and wine packages on offer.

    Cocktail Class

    For something completely different, attend a Polly Cocktail Class at the Polly Bar, 401 Brunswick St, Fitzroy.

    The Polly team will teach you the techniques to mixing and shaking your own cocktails like a pro, guiding you through the process of making three cocktails to perfection.

    The class runs from 7pm to 9pm. For more information please email hello@pollybar.com.au.

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